We love participating in Free Summer Reading Programs. The great incentives keep my kids in the books all summer long. Check out the list below of programs being offered for 2014.
Here’s a tip- print out all the record sheets for the programs you are participating in and keep them all in one folder. Then you can record your child’s reading all at one time.
National Free Summer Reading Program Offers
Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading: This one requires kids to read 8 books an then make a short recommendation on each one. They can then turn in their completed Summer Reading form at a store and choose a free book from the list! This even starts May 20th and runs through September 2nd.
Bob Jones University: Children ages 4 – 17 can participate in this fun program. Find the reading requirements and even review the suggested reading lists. Then, print out a log for your child’s age group. You will determine the goal which can be to read for a select number of minutes or number of pages on a daily basis. As your child reaches his/her goal, the log is updated. At the end of 40 days, once they have completed the log, your will submit the completion form on the Summer Reading program website before August 19, 2014. Prizes are awarded for completing the program while supplies last. Your child will also be entered to win one of nine Summer Reading Tote bags filled with JourneyForth Books (3 for each age group). They might also win the grand prize – a Kindle Fire!!
Chuck E Cheese: Your child can keep track of their reading through one of the rewards calendars. Once they have completed two weeks of reading he or she can submit the completed Chuck E Cheese calendar for 10 free tokens!
Half Price Books: Kids should read (or be read to) for at least 15 minutes a day during June and July. Once they read 300 minutes, they can turn in their log and earn $5 in Half Price Books Bookworm bucks. They will also award one reader in each age group a $20 Half Price Books gift card.
H.E.B. Summer Reading Club: When your kids read 10 or more books, they can submit a form and end up getting a cool prize (which includes a T-Shirt). Just fill out the form including the books your child has read (if your kids can’t read, you can just list the books you read to them) and mail to the address on the form! NOTE: Site not updated for 2014 yet.
Pizza Hut Summer Book-It Program. This program is an extension of the school year Book It program. Participate in the Book It Summer challenge from June 1st- Aug 15th. Enter to win great prizes and play along with the Instagram Scavenger Hunt (#BOOKITSummer) for more chances at prizes.
Pottery Barn Kids’ Summer Reading Challenge: Kids who read at least 8 books off an age-appropriate list will get a free book at a participating location (while supplies last). This event kicks off on May 15th and runs through July 17th.
Scholastic’s Summer Challenge: Starting May 4th, Kids can keep track of their reading minutes by logging in to the site. In return, they can win digital prizes. Plus, they will be able to enter a sweepstakes for great prize packs and other fun rewards. Mom and Dad can also register in conjunction with their children to track progress and win prizes too. This program starts on May 4th. (teachers can register now, parents have to wait until 5/4 to register)
Showcase Cinemas Bookworm Wednesdays (select locations): Each Wednesday, kids can bring in a book report (unless you are six and under and then admission will be free) – which will be cost of admission! Note: site not updated for 2014 yet.
Sylvan’s Book Adventure Program: This program is for children in grades K-8. The search online for books and then find them in the library (or bookstore) and read them. Then, they come back and take quiz about the book and are rewarded with prizes for their reading success!
Local Libraries: Be sure to check with your local library to see what sort of summer reading program is offered.
Central Ohio Library Offers